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January 2011

Welcome to the New Year!

Over January, Slippry Sirkus played host to a dance ensemble from Berlin.  Lead by Jared Gradinger , artistic director,performer, creator and curatoraccompanied by dancers Angela & Laurie with percussionist Tayfun. The ensemble presented workshops and a performance outcome in Melbourne while the other dancers performed at the Sydney Festival with the highly innovative  ‘Food Chain’.

Jared Gradinger dance ensemble

Dance seemed to be the order of the month with the  Utopian Dream Festival in Coffs Harbour that attracted young dancers from all over Australia and dance tutors from across the Globe.  A big congratulations to Travers Ross (Artistic Director) and his team, Slippry Sirkus is proud to part of the Utopian Dream Festival.

Travers  in action at a Slippry Sirkus workshop

Slippry Sirkus again worked alongside Stephen Blanch, Youth Worker and Social Innovator in Tamworth on the third annual Cultural ShowCase which provides the opportunity for Indigenous performers of all ages to shine and showcase their talent during the Tamworth Country Music Festival Week. 

The ShowCase attracts performers of all ages from across Australia and also the support of the big name acts Troy Casey Daley & Archie Roach.  The ShowCase is fortunate to have the talented Knox family to provide musical support and is fast becoming the platform to discover and launch new talent.  From humble beginnings in the youth centre hall, the final ShowCase concert is now presented in Tamworth’s new state of the art theatre to a sold out of audience.
                 Buddy Knox

Look up in the’s a Bird…it’s a Plane…It is the Cambodian Space Project who Slippry Sirkus aided and abetted to tour Australia  across January through the support and generosity of friends of Slippry Sirkus . A huge thanks to Jodie Harrison , our Chairperson who hosted the Cambodian Space Project in Melbourne, to Josh Thomason, John Maynard,(The Roys), Paul & Nadine Rose, Greg Bowering, Nadine (Creative Peoples Collective) John Thiering ,Greg Ellis, Jocie & Steve, Kate, Maggie  & Heart Tribe  for their support and many others across the East Coast who provided instruments, amplifiers, P.A’s, transport, venues and beds

The Cambodian Space Project  are an amazing band of musicians from Phnom Penh who are on a trajectory to the South by South West Festival in Austin Texas . The Cambodian Space Project performed  across the East Coast of NSW ,Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne,  the Mona Foma Festival in Hobart and their music has  created a large following plus  raised interest in Cambodia and the social conditions.

Slippry Sirkus will work in Cambodia to provide opportunity through the arts for the isolated communities, especially along the Vietnam border to share their stories.

Cambodian Space Project Film maker and bass guitarist  Marc Eberle’s documentary ..’ The Most Secret Place on Earth’ –‘CIA’s Covert War in Laos’  a  chilling account of what the Mong people and Laos have had to endure,... was recently screened on the ABC

Congratulations to Miss Eleanor, a founding member of Slippry Sirkus and Musician who made her Woodford Festival debut playing original music with an ensemble of musicians  and dancer  Kirsty Fromholtz to  great audience reaction. They have been invited to return this year.

While on the mid north coast of NSW, we continue to deliver the ‘Looking Back to the Future project’ which is a heartening experience working with the elderly across the community and giving voice to their stories. The ‘Flow’ digital story project funded by CCAF in the Macleay Valley , the Healthier Communities project in the Hastings and the Youth Fest workshop program across the three regions in partnership with MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation.

This month’s Featured Artist:    

Jared Gradinger is performer, creator and curator based in Berlin since 2002. He is a founding member of Constanza Macras/Dorky Park with whom he has created such pieces as Mir 3, Back to the Present, Scratch, Big in Bombay, I'm Not The Only One, Brickland and others. His latest work was in collaboration with Jeremy Wade for the solo There is no end to more commissioned by the Japan Society. In 2008, he created the piece 'Private Dancer' in the City Theater of Reykjavik in collaboration with Panic Productions. He has an on going relationship with Pictoplasma (Contemporary Character Design) for whom he has staged and choreographed 'Get into Character' in the Haus Der Berliner Festspiele in 2006, created a workshop for the Comic Meets Character Festival in the Thalia Theater in Halle, and a duet with Angela Schubot/TwoFish for the Pictopia Festival in the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt called 'What they are instead of'. In 2008, he began a collaboration with Les Grandes Traversees in Bordeaux, France where he curated a 48 hour festival of contemporary art for the New Year called 'How Do You Are'. The festival was a gathering of over 60 international artists of all mediums and was presented in the CAPC, Base Sous Marine and Gallery Cortex Athletico. In July of 2009, he launched the second part of the festival entitled 'How Do You Are Beach' in Royan, France and its neighboring towns, and the third part 'How Do You Are: There Goes The Neighborhood', a parkour of of commissioned site-specific work in Bordeaux, December, 2009.
Jared has worked with artists such as William Forsythe, Michel Laub, Magon, Paul Notzold, Mark Jenkins, John Zorn, Hanayo, Nir De Volff/ Total Brutal, Ami Garmon, Discoteka Flaming Star, Jill Emerson, Rahel Savoldelli, Meg Stuart, Jeremy Wade and Mark Levine. His video work has been presented in Canada, Israel, South Korea, Iceland and throughout Europe




'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

View samples here

Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track